Friday, June 23, 2017

And the Time Flies!

Cheryl in the fields
Cheryl at the trail
 Another week has snuck by.  How is it that the days and week seem to be passing by at a far greater speed now that I'm older?   Looking back I see that it has been almost a full week since my last blog posting.   Surely something must have happened this week that was blog-worthy....

Cheryl after running with a cold
Well,   Not really.   I managed to give Cheryl my cold....  so now we both can share the joy of coughing and sneezing.   I'm still suffering the aftermath, but I think I'm pretty much over it.   Cheryl still suffers from the achy, coughing, stuffy-head part.   I guess there will be a few more days of that.

She still runs though
Through the town
But that has not stopped her from running.   The weather has been cooler this last week.   Almost perfect weather for running.   I say "almost" because running 14 miles with a cold is still a miserable affair. Still,   she managed it and we have continued to run a few miles every day this week.

Down the roads
Past the Silos
Out into the fields
A few things to note:  Normally I fill the blog with pictures of dusty car engines or scantly clad female runners.   But there are other things that I interesting.    Namely, the butterfly weed is out in all of its glory.   I managed to find both varieties.   Purple and orange.   Butterfly weed may be visually striking and bring in the butterflies, but it is not very pleasant to smell.  I wonder why that is.   Well, at least the bugs don't seem to mind.
Purple Butterfly weed

Black Raspberries are out!
Butterfly weed

In addition,  a few wildlife shots.   The deer, in particular, have been quite active.   Several times during a run, Cheryl and I have seen them running at us on the path or standing in yards in the middle of the day.   At one point we thought a doe and fawn were those ceramic lawn ornaments you see from time to time.   We were both shocked to see that the deer was moving!  I managed to snap this picture this afternoon on our way home.
Deer in mid afternoon.

Bunny on the trail
Plenty of rabbits this year.   Several have been running around our yard.   I guess with our cat remaining inside, they have less to fear at the moment.  And there are tons out on the trail as usual.

If only finding inspiration were so easy.
With the summer Solstice over, we can now plan on trying to survive the summer.  We both have a few things to work on.   I have been slowly inching away at the book while also trying to get a few origami items folded up.  It's tough when you have to really work on the inspiration.  Cheryl has also been working on her designs and drawings.  She has added a few things to her shop for runners.

So hopefully we shall be over these blasted colds before the new week begins and can focus on things that are awesome and blog-worthy.   I'll let you know how things work out.   Until then,  thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Week In Review

Raining at Pearson.
It has been a challenging week this week.   I have been working at Pearson; so that has demanded most of my time.   There really is not much to say about that really.   It's a job and pays.   And luckily it was fairly easy.   The end.

Work in an Office!  Duh!
We did not get any pizza or cupcakes this time.  Not even a handshake and a "Job Well Done!"   Just a "thanks for coming" and hope to see you next time.

One thing I DID pick up was a lovely cold.  Thanks for reminding me why I do not like crowds.  I imagine all those people in a small cramped room would tend to circulate any bug that might be going around.   Mostly it is a seriously stuffed up nose and a bit of a cough.   I'm hoping it will sort itself out before long and not digress into full blown Pneumonia.  Struggling to breathe through my nose is bad enough.
Running in the evening.

Nice Legs!
Cheryl runs!
In the mean time,  Cheryl and I have been running/biking whenever we can fit it in.  Mornings here... evenings there.   The weather has been most uncooperative as of late.   Basically it has been blisteringly hot and sunny.   And if it cool down and rain...  It does it at night.

Marble sized hail
Pretty flower
Speaking of rain.   We had a bit of Marble sized hail this last Wednesday.   It happened around 12:00.   I ran outside at picked up one of the ice drops before it melted away.   You can always seem to tell when there is hail because it sounds like gravel being thrown at the window.   This is the second time this year hail has manifested on our doorsteps.   Hopefully this is not an omen of Biblical proportions!
Cheryl makes a wish

Other than that,   not much else.    This cold really ticks me off because I can't seem to enjoy ANYTHING while under its influence.  (Influenza!   Get it!) Sniffing and blowing and coughing really makes bike riding so much more fun.

Playing in the water

Vultures wait for Cheryl to drop
And sleeping!    Oh Joy!   Waking up with a sore throat and clogged nose is so refreshing.   Cheryl really appreciates my midnight walks and gurgles as well.   Just go away already!

New Shirt Design
Cheryl's Burst of Speed.   We call her "The Flash!"
At least I'm done with Pearson so I can focus and getting better.   Cheryl continues to plug along with her Pearson at home project.  It is scheduled to finish tomorrow.  That leaves only ETS unless something else magically appears.  Cheryl has plans on working on her designs.   She created a shirt and several other things over the last several days.   We shall see how things work out,  but having the time to work on things...little by little,  is a big step.

Hope everyone else out there is healthy and enjoying the week better.   Nice weather would be ... nice.  For a change.   And having no ailments has got to be better than having  one.   Thanks for checking in.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

An Evening Run on the Kewash Trail.

Ready for Evening Run
Showing off 
 Last night,  after I had already posted my blog,   Cheryl and I went out for an Evening run.   We chose Kewash because it is closer and we Cheryl wanted to make up for the several miles she had short changed earlier.   I was excited, because I tend to like running/biking in the evening better than mornings.   There are several reasons for this...
Racing the Sun

One:  I'm NOT a morning person.  

Two:   I would rather experience the Earth as it is cooling rather than having it warm up half way through your route.

All Finished!
And Three:   Sometimes you get to see animals that are not out in the early mornings.  
And we won,  Sun still above the Horizen

There is also the glow of the evening sun.
 Sometimes this might be a little blinding if you have to face into it....but  other times it provides a warm glow that the morning light simply does not offer.   Perhaps that is simply my own opinion,  but that is how I see things.
Mystery Animals in the Distance

So after a pleasant run in moderate temps with a cool breeze,  we noted a strange animal out in a field.   My first impression was that it was a Badger!   I had seen one before in in a field around Wellman, but Cheryl had not...   We decided to turn back and take a second look.

Is this A Wolverine?   Badger?   It's HUGE!
Upon closer inspection.  We noted that it "walked funny".   As it approached closer, we finally discovered that it was actually 4 animals walking VERY closely.   It was a Mother Skunk with her kids.   So CUTE!    I like Skunks and don't understand that bad rap they get simply because they spray people.   It is not life threatening to smell bad for a few hours.   Consider this next time you face a charging bear!  

Oh!   A Family of Skunks.... Still Cute though. 
So Cheryl actually liked the evening run as well and has proposed that we repeat it tonight.   I'm sure we will have to prepare for the bugs ( as always this time of year.) and maybe we will run further than before and end up racing the sun before it gets too dark... we shall see.    And if we are lucky...we might even catch a glimpse of some other creature that only appears before dawn.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hot and Sunny in Muscatine.

Sun Screen up!
Run against the wind and sun.
As stated in the title,  the day is a hot and sunny one.   Cheryl wanted to run long, but it ended up being a usual 7 miler today.  Maybe we will run later this evening to catch up the missing miles.   As it was,  the sun was already a torture when we arrived in Muscatine.   The river helped a bit, but not much.
Chasing a Bardge
Now the sun is Really bad!
As we ran, the wind picked up considerably.  The waves were calm at first but turned to whitecaps by the time we finished.   Normally we do not like battling the wind...but today, the cool breeze was refreshing.
Farmers Market

Other than Cheryl ending the run early,   we took the time to enjoy a Popsicle,  visit the local farmers market,  and revisit Tee's.    We both enjoyed burgers and ice cream.   Yum.

Lunch at Tee's!   Cheryl gets Blueberry Sundae and Burger.
Pelicans in the Blue Sky
Doesn't matter,  still pretty.

So that is about it.   A few pelicans,  a dead deer on the trail,  (Not sure how it got there.  Hopefully the parks service will remove it before next week.)  And a few flower photos.  I think this may be a thistle.   not sure.   But I thought it was blog worthy.
See Cheryl run with Music below.

In the mean time,  as Cheryl ran, I played "Walkin' On Sunshine."   Fitting music on a day like this.  Enjoy!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cheryl's BIG RUN. 5 K in Davenport.

The BIG run T-Shirt
I worked a long day today, so I will try to keep this brief. (Said the Novelist.)   Cheryl wanted to celebrate her birthday ( the 6th) by running a race.  Unfortunately, there are only 5K's this time of year.   But  Cheryl will take what she can get...  so   Along comes The BIG run.  National run day.   Cheryl picks me up after work and we sport over to Davenport for a quick little twilight run.
The BIG run Medal

It was pretty hot yesterday, but not as bad as Monday.   Still,  even in the evening hours with the sun setting,  it was plenty hot for Cheryl to feel it.

Cheryl is Ready!
Twilight Run in the Sun

Regardless,  She managed to do pretty well.    Winning her division and scoring a cool bag of goodies from Fleet Feet.  Cheryl was very happy.

Blinding .....Sunlight.
Blinding Speed!
I guess this race was run all across the nation.... so anyone who wanted to participate will have their score's/times ranked...Nationally.   Currently (as I write this with 92% of the scores counted)   Cheryl is ranked 5th.... Nationally.
All done!  3 seconds from New PR

See how Cheryl reappears before your very eyes...
The Overall Tally
Now before a get a bunch of grief about this, I'm sure the "Olympic Elites" were not running yesterday.   (It was a 5K after all)   But still...National rank sounds impressive.

Number ONE ....locally.

Check out the goodies!
Now I'm off to relax for the remainder of the evening.  Scoring papers really fries your brain.  It is taking all of my will power to finish this little posting.   Hope everyone is having a good week so far.  One more day until the weekend.   I can hardly wait.


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